Open | 13 May – 4 June 2024 |

This program aims to support undergraduate students presenting at Neuroscience 2024 (the SfN annual meeting).

About the Program

Since 1992 the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience has provided travel awards to help undergraduate neuroscientists present their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. The winners are enrolled at a variety of academic institutions – from small liberal arts colleges to large research intensive universities, but all display a dedication to the pursuit of high quality research in the neurosciences. An incredible 68 percent of award winners have gone on to enter PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs.

The awards offer up to $1000 in aid for travel and attendance expenses associated with attending the Society for Neuroscience 2024 meeting for students who are presenting posters at the main SFN (Society for Neuroscience) meeting. 

Application dates:
13 May – 04 June 2024 (8pm EDT)

Eligible region:
All regions

Maximum grant amount:
1,000 USD

Apply HERE

For any queries, please write to travelaward@funfaculty.org

A panel of FUN members judges the award applications.  The judging criteria focus on the student’s contribution to the project, the importance and originality of the student’s contribution to the project, and the candidate’s potential in science.  Preference is given to students who are the first authors on the abstract.

Who Can Apply?

If you have a student presenting at the SfN conference, consider applying for a FUN Travel Award to help support their SfN conference attendance. Faculty Sponsors must be full members of FUN to submit award applications for their student presenters.

All student award travel award applications must have a faculty sponsor who is a dues-paying member of FUN. The student must be an author on the abstract and present research that results from studies conducted while an undergraduate.  It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SFN fall meeting. Students are eligible if the work was done before their graduation the previous academic year. However, students who have previously won a FUN travel award may not reapply.

Regional Eligibility Requirements

Applicants from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for this program. As a program sponsor, the IBRO US/Canada Regional Committee is specifically supporting applicants residing in the US/Canada region.

How to Apply?

Applications must be submitted HERE by the faculty sponsor. Please be preapred to upload the following documents as part of the application:

  1. The abstract submitted to the Society for Neuroscience for consideration for the 2024 Annual Meeting, including the Title, authors and affiliations. The student must be an author on the abstract and present research results from studies conducted while an undergraduate.
  2. A statement by the student candidate indicating the scientific importance of the project, the candidate’s contribution to the project (including an estimation of the amount of time spent on it), and the relevance of this research experience to the candidate’s career plans. (Two page maximum)
  3. The student’s CV/resume. The CV/resume should include any other research-related activities.
  4. A statement by the student’s faculty sponsor. This statement should clearly identify the specific intellectual, technical, and time contributions the student candidate has made, especially in the case of multiple student authors, and compare the student’s exact role in the project to those of the other authors. The sponsor’s statement should briefly summarize the lab’s source(s) of funding, and whether graduate students were part of or supervised the undergraduate’s project. (500 word maximum)

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jackie Rose at travelaward@funfaculty.org.